Safely Dispose of Expired and Unused Medicine Nov. 7 at Operation Medicine Drop

Help prevent the misuse of medications
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Do you have expired or unused medications in your home? With the average North Carolinian filling 17 prescriptions per year, chances are the answer is yes. Wake County Human Services and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office are offering to dispose of them safely for you.

On Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., drop off unneeded medications at Wake County’s Public Health Center, 10 Sunnybrook Rd. in Raleigh. No questions will be asked of those dropping off medications.

Expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and controlled substances will be accepted. Liquids, needles or medical provider drop-offs cannot be accepted.

Studies show up to 40 percent of drugs dispensed are never used for their intended purpose. These drugs end up contributing to cases of accidental poisoning, overdose and substance use problems in our community. This event helps prevent misuse of medications.

Also, a pharmacist will be at the event to answer questions citizens may have about medications they are currently taking to ensure both over-the-counter and prescriptions medicines are being taken correctly.

Operation Medicine Drop is a program administered by Safe Kids North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Insurance.


Source: Wake County Government


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